Studying in Europe is the shortest route to employment and to a European residence permit after graduation. In addition, many European universities already help to gain work experience, advice and employability skills during education.
European bachelor’s and master’s degrees
In Europe, bachelor and master programs fall into three main categories.
- Research – education future scientists.
- Education – similar to the programs at other universities.
- Career-oriented – includes a practical module lasting one semester or one year, during which students gain work experience or engage in applied research.
The European bachelor’s degree is the first stage of higher education and lasts 3-4 years, after completion of which you can apply for employment in the country of study. The UK and the Netherlands offer the widest choice of professional undergraduate studies in English in Europe.
European master’s programs are necessary for those who plan to develop a professional or scientific career. They last 1-2 years and involve writing and defending a thesis or practical project. At this level, there are many options for dual degree programs and internships organized jointly by partner universities.
The requirements for entering a bachelor’s degree or second higher education in Europe depend on the country and are described in detail in the guides and articles on entering the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany.
In order to make education as open and accessible as possible, universities also offer distance master’s programs in Europe. One of the European leaders in distance education is the Open University in the UK.
Some European universities located outside the UK offer the opportunity to study in English. Many European universities offer some level of English language courses, but the Netherlands is the leader in this area.
Countries such as the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and Switzerland also offer bachelor’s degree programs in English, but the choice of subjects and specializations here is limited, and there are even fewer master’s programs in these countries. English-language higher education programs in Europe can be easily selected using the search engine on our website.
Applying for a student visa
To study in Europe, representatives of non-EEA countries will be granted a student Schengen visa. You can apply for it yourself or with the help of a study abroad manager. The documents required for the application include two application forms, photos, passport, proof of residence, health insurance, airline reservations, dormitory agreement (or rental agreement), letter of acceptance to the university, and proof of funds. If the documents are submitted in full, the application will be considered for two to four weeks.
Each university, and even each program, has its own requirements for applicants, which need to be specified individually. It is absolutely certain that you will need a sufficient language level for a full study, as well as information about your academic performance. In addition, you may need to write a motivation letter or essay, possibly pass a standardized test, pass an interview, and for creative majors, prepare a portfolio. To get all the details, please contact a study abroad advisor.
Advantages and characteristics of a European education
High quality and a wide range of possibilities Europe is the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of many scientists, philosophers and economists.
It reveres ancient educational traditions and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge, and is home to many of the world’s best universities and major research centers.
Through cross-border cooperation, Europe has formed a strong international academic community that contributes to cutting-edge research. The quality of teaching is controlled by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), created as part of the Bologna process. This ensures comparability and compatibility of education systems. European universities offer tens of thousands of study programs, from which you are sure to find the best fit for you.
New languages. Even if your course is taught in English, after a few years you will be able to master the language of the country in which you are studying – French, German or Czech, for example. Switzerland has four official languages, so foreign children entering Swiss private schools will already speak two or three languages in addition to their native tongue by the time they graduate.
Job opportunities. Graduates educated in Europe have a grace period to find a job. Given that many universities offer internships during their studies, the chances of finding a position in a good company and starting to build a career in the international market are quite high, mainly by dealing with this issue in advance, from the moment of admission. Some countries purposefully invite young people from abroad to their universities for post-university employment: this is done in Finland, for example.
Cultural diversity. Education is not limited to the walls of the classroom: even without realizing it, students at European universities learn about the cultural characteristics of different countries. But in every country, there are many opportunities to enrich the inner world: museums, theaters, historical sites, etc.
The ability to travel. By becoming a student at one of the European universities, you will receive a visa that allows you to travel to other European countries. Thanks to low-cost airlines, hotels, student rates and benefits, you can travel a lot during your studies, even if you don’t have a lot of financial resources.
Different tuition fees for EU and non-EU students
In general, students from EU countries should have the same rights when they move to another EU country. They can even apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and receive the same type of care as they would receive in their home country.
Students from non-EU/EEA countries usually have to pay higher tuition fees and apply for private health insurance.
EU citizens studying in the EU
EU citizens are automatically eligible to study in other EU countries: they do not have to pay higher tuition fees, and they must be able to obtain a residence permit (in order to receive financial support like students from any other country).
This usually applies to EEA students and Swiss students, although certain conditions regarding public student loans and residence permits may be different for them.
Non-EU citizens studying in the EU
European higher education institutions accept students from non-EU countries. Although they are required to pay tuition fees, international students can apply for scholarships or financial aid almost anywhere. Europe offers scholarships totaling more than €16 billion per year.
Tuition fees at European universities
The cost of studying in Europe can vary widely, but is usually lower than in North America and Australia. This does not mean that the quality of education is also lower. Many European universities are ranked among the top in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the QS Ranking of the world’s top universities, and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Tuition fees in Europe vary within the following ranges.
- Bachelor’s degree per academic year about 42,500 €.
- Master’s degree per academic year about 56,000 €
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